About Diptych



  1. noun — a painting or writing tablet with two hinged panels which may be closed like a book. A school notebook is a modern example.
  2. verb — a magazine or journalistic or creative process that constantly seeks to juxtapose content and ideas in new and unexpected ways. The process of combining image with text, sight with sound, movement with meditation, and fiction with non-fiction. The infinitive to diptych refers not only to a magazine launched in 2019, but also to a meta-perspective that constantly seeks to expand its frame of reference. Because of the highly refined nature of the diptych process, most scholars agree that it is impossible to put out more than 4 issues per year. Theologians have not reached consensus on whether the specific publication dates of 1 September, 1 December, 1 March, and 1 June are arbitrary, or hard-coded into the fabric of the universe.

Editorial Team

Hazel Siff
Dakota Castets-Didier
Andrew Narváez
Glenn Zucman

images: Gerard Burkhart photo


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About the Water issue

It’s what the human body is mostly made of

It’s what makes Earth unique

It’s what the barren surface of Mars once had, but has since lost

We play in it

It quenches our thirst

We anoint the sick with it

Along with Climate Change, Plastics, Nuclear Proliferation, and Surveillance Capitalism, water, or the lack of clean water, threatens to cause unimaginable world suffering here in the 21st century

In our world, you can find it as a liquid

or a gas

or a solid

it changes state easily

the hard ice cube that takes so much force for my teeth to crush, or would hurt if I threw it at you, will be an innocent puddle within the hour

Can you imagine a world without clouds?

For our upcoming Water issue, the editorial team at Diptych invites you to consider Water and it’s role in our lives here on earth.

Write some fiction.

Or non-fiction.

Or a poem.

Freeze your anime figurines in blocks of ice and photograph them melting.

Or make a painting of clouds.

Make a video of people surfing in the ocean.

Record the sounds of water dripping in a subterranean cavern.

Choreograph a dance in or about water.

Diptych seeks your creativity.

About the Failure issue

Sometimes failure teaches

Sometimes failure is painful

Sometimes failure is ridiculous

Sometimes failure is devastating

We live in a media culture in pursuit of the illusion of success.

We live in a world where six “perfect” Victoria’s Secret models, photoshopped to impossibility, define an unattainable body image as a goal for countless women

We live in a world where we carefully curate our foodstagrams in the hope that they will invoke more FOMO in our friends than we invoke in ourselves

We live in a world that worships at the altar of success. We worship people who make money because money is the easiest, if false, metric of success. We live in a world where even if it turns out that someone, the president of the United States say, lost more money than any other American in the past decade, we worship them anyway, for having successfully projected the illusion of making money

We want it all: the perfect body, toned to perfection at the gym; the perfect career, filled with satisfaction, power, and profit; the perfect marriage, to a partner almost as successful as we are; and perfect children, who love their successful parents who always have time for them

We love the illusion of success

we can smell it

like freshly printed money

failure smells like death

Yet success is not the way of living things.

The simple act of opening an envelope slices our finger half the time

Nothing packaged in a sealed plastic view-tainer can ever be opened, ever

we can’t even open a mylar or plastic bag of chips

From the failure to open a bag of chips to the failure of our marriage, we are surrounded by failure even as the media that we both consume and create manufactures the illusion of success

The Editorial Team at Diptych invites you to submit work considering failure.

The humor of failure

The pain of failure

Send us your non-fiction, your fiction, your poetry

Send us your photography, your audio, your video

Make a painting or a dance or music about failure

In spite of all the failure in your life, try to actually submit something.